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Indianapolis International Airport Seeks Artwork for Vinyl Mural

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Indianapolis International Airport Seeks Artwork for Vinyl Mural




The Arts Council of Indianapolis invites visual artists to submit images of artwork for reproduction as large-scale, temporary murals at Indianapolis International Airport.  The murals will be digitally printed on adhesive vinyl, and will be attached to interior windows.

Compensation:  $500 fee to selected artists for licensing of work.  Artists are not responsible for producing the vinyl mural.

Eligibility:  Professional visual artists age 18 or over and living in central Indiana (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby counties), and legally able to work in the United States (will be verified)

Deadline:  Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:59 p.m.


The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) believes in supporting a climate where arts and culture thrive. It’s apparent throughout the fabric of the Indianapolis International Airport that it is a public facility that’s not only accessible and easy to navigate, but also visually and aesthetically appealing. Permanent and temporary art collections are displayed in both public and post-security areas throughout the airport. Much of the artwork in the airport’s permanent collection was created by artists or poets who live in Indiana or have ties to the Hoosier state.

Since 2014, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has been the airport authority’s visual arts programming partner and has worked to bring the best of Central Indiana arts and culture to enhance the airport setting. With the 10-year anniversary of the new terminal and a focus on the passenger experience for today and tomorrow, the IAA is developing several new opportunities for permanent and temporary opportunities for art in the terminal.


The Arts Council of Indianapolis invites visual artists to submit images of pre-existing, two-dimensional or digital artwork for reproduction as a large-scale, temporary mural.  The mural will be digitally printed on adhesive vinyl, and will be attached to an interior window.  Two murals will be produced and installed in early 2019.  It is anticipated that new murals will be created every two years.


The artworks will be installed inside the terminal, in the concourse connector at either end of the passageway between Concourses A and B. The artworks will be viewed primarily by ticketed passengers and airport employees moving between the two concourses, although they will be somewhat visible to viewers standing at the east end of Civic Plaza, which would include airport meeters and greeters.

  • The Concourse A mural site measures 129 inches high (10 ft. 9 inches) x 544.25 inches long (45 ft. 4-1/4 inches).
  • The Concourse B mural site measures 129 inches high (10 ft. 9 inches) x 545.375 inches long (45 ft. 5-1/4 inches).
  • The walls are slightly curved and are divided by mullions into panels.
  • See attached document for photos of the site with measurements.


Each selected artist will receive $500 as compensation to enable professional, reproduction-quality photography of the original artwork and as a licensing fee for the use of their image.  Artists are not responsible for producing the finished vinyl artwork.


The submitting artist must have produced the artwork, and the artist must own the copyright for the image.  Images with shared copyrights must also include authorization from the other copyright owner(s) to submit the artwork for consideration.

At all times the artist retains full copyrights to their work. If selected for this project, artists will enter into a licensing agreement with the IAA to allow their work to be used in this context and for the associated publicity and promotion.

The Arts Council and IAA are not responsible for any third-party infringement of the artist’s copyright or for protecting the intellectual property rights of participating artists. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your public artworks, visit the Arts Council’s Artist Resource Directory:


  • Call released: October 18, 2018
  • Deadline for submissions:  Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:59 p.m. (timestamp of sharing notification or email containing images)
  • Jury selection process:  Late November 2018
  • Artists notified:  early December 2018
  • Artists’ high-resolution images due: December 15, 2018
  • Artwork installed:  by January 15, 2019
  • Artwork de-installed:  December 2020


Arts Council staff, members of the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee, and representatives of the Indianapolis Airport Authority will identify two artworks to be recreated as adhesive vinyl murals. These artworks may be by the same artist, or may be by different artists.  Should the Arts Council receive an insufficient number of entries, we reserve the right to invite artists to submit images.


  1. All applicants must access and complete the Applicant Information Form. When you have finished adding all the information, click “Submit.”
  2. Send (to up to five images of existing work in JPG format, for consideration for this opportunity.  Submit ONLY the images you wish to be considered.
    • Images do not need to be high resolution, but the image quality should be set to “high.”
    • The resolution should be no larger than 72 dpi and the file size for each image should be under 1MB.  It is suggested that the dimensions for image submissions be 5.5″ x 21.75” @ 72 dpi.
    • The image should present the artwork as it would be submitted for printing.  Any cropping or shaping of the original artwork should be represented in the submitted image.
    • Name your submitted digital files according to the following format: FirstLast_01.jpg, FirstLast_02.jpg, etc

If you are selected, you will be asked to submit high-resolution files within two weeks of notification.  These high-resolution files will be EXACTLY as shown in the submitted image, in JPG or TIFF format, sized at 5.5″ x 21.75″ with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. If you do not already have digital files with this level of resolution, you will need to get the artwork re-photographed. The compensation provided will allow you to do so.

Tips for submitting images:

  • The best images are those where the size of the original artwork is more than 25% of the size that the finished vinyl reproduction will be.
  • Viewers will be seeing the artwork in very large scale from relatively close up.  Please make your image selection accordingly.


Artists have two options for submitting entries: select ONE of the following options.  The timestamp of the email or sharing invitation MUST be at or before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

  1. Send via  WeTransfer is a free, easy-to-use file sharing website. You will receive a confirmation when your entry is downloaded.
  2. Send via email to  Subject: Airport Vinyl Art Submission. Submit the images as JPEG/JPG attachments to a SINGLE email.  The body of the email should contain the artist’s name, contact information (address, phone, email) and list of works submitted. Please note that if the maximum file size of 1MB per image is exceeded, the email may not reach us.


QUESTIONS?  Contact Julia Moore, Director of Public Art,  Arts Council of Indianapolis, or (317) 631-3301 ext. 240.




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